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Designer in the Spotlight Deborah Roberti
e-mail  -  Patterns  -  Biography  -  Web Site

 
Deborah Roberti
by Sigrid Wynne-Evans     © March 2010

I think that Deborah Roberti is the Crystal Queen of Bead-patterns.com. She has many designs for necklaces, earrings and bracelets made of crystals are are elegant enough for a Queen to wear. Her designs are breath-taking! I especially like Beaded Earbobs (item 15595), Venetian Bands (item 15401), and Lady Jane Earrings (item 15259). If you find several patterns you like, you might just be interested in her e-books. That way you can get several of her beautiful patterns at a great price.
 

Item 15595    Item 15401    Item 15259 


 
Here is a bit about Deborah!

Tell us about your background: Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod. My brother and I were raised by my father, Albert Roberti, who, along with my Uncle Louie, ran a dairy farm on the Cape, "Roberti's Dairy", until the 1970s. I grew up and went to school on the Cape, which drove me crazy then because Sandwich was so boring and isolated, but now I realize that the Cape was actually a very good place to have grown up; very safe, beautiful, and I had some excellent teachers. 

Sampling of Deb's Bracelet e-Books:
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Item 15527    Item 15166    Item 15163    Item 13928    Item 13316    Item 12996    Item 12864   
 

Did you go to school beyond High School?

I graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Anthropology in 1984 and went back to school when I moved to California and got a BA in English from Sonoma State in 1994.

Where do you live now?

I live in San Rafael, CA. I moved to San Francisco with my boyfriend (now husband) in September of 1989, about a month before the earthquake. Needless to say, being a New Englander, going through a major earthquake in the city left me quite freaked out. Although I love San Francisco, I didn't feel like living in the city was for me (I like trees and quiet and fewer people around) so we moved north to Fairfax and then to San Rafael in Marin County. 

Sampling of Deb's Designs:
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Item 15948    Item 9121    Item 15864   
 

Do you have a "day job"? If so, what is it? How did you come to choose this type of job? If not, how do you support yourself?

When I graduated from UMass, I couldn't find much of a job with a degree in Anthropology and I wasn't interested in going to grad school. I took a position as an office assistant at a newspaper/travel guide publishing company in Plymouth, MA. I eventually ended up as an editor and when my division (travel guides) was switching over to a graphics/desktop publishing system, I jumped at the opportunity to play with it. I ended up in prepress/production graphic layout of features and ads, etc. 

When I moved to California, I worked for a small publishing company for a while but went freelance and started Espresso Graphics. I work at home and love it. I have had some ups and downs, especially now with the economy and print industry tanking, but that's life. At this point, I am incapable of trading it in for a 9-5 job.
 

More of Deb's Designs:
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Item 15866    Item 15526    Item 15164   
 

How did you begin beading? For how long have you been a beader? What beaders influence you most? Have you taken bead classes?

I honestly don't remember when I started beading. My husband was helping a friend clean out his garage and came home with a box of beads. I made some earrings and strung some necklaces but quickly found stringing completely boring. Years later, my friend Liz Kalloch moved in next door and she was making some gorgeous bracelets using multiple strands of beads, which I tried but again, the stringing-thing left me adrift (I'm really quite horrible at it) but I loved the beads she was using. I bought a book on beadweaving, discovered right-angle weave and was permanently hooked. 

I haven't taken any classes, nor do I teach any (although I am quite happy when others want to teach for me). I'm book/magazine/internet self-taught. My favorite designers are Sandy Halpenny, Carole Ole and Laura McCabe. It's probably fairly obvious that I am fond of Japanese-style beadwork, although when it comes to right-angle weave, I can't deal with two needles at all. I would, however, like to do more with the herringbone and brick stitch in the future.
 

More of Deb's Designs:
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Item 15096    Item 15165    Item 15856   
 

How did you start designing? What prompted you to take the step from following others projects/patterns to doing your own? How did you come to join B-P? What has been your biggest joy concerning designing? biggest Challenge or disappointment?

My family meet up for a week or so most summers at Port Hope, Michigan in an old Victorian that has been in my husband's family since it was built around 1866. I started bringing beads and some beading magazines/books with patterns to try out. Often, we found the instructions impossible to make heads or tails of. In fact, many patterns were downright frustrating to follow so I went off in my own direction, learning enough about the different stitches to get me started. Then I found Bead-Patterns.com (and Rita Sova, who has been so wonderfully supportive over the years). From my graphics business, I had the software and skills needed to create the patterns and thought, perhaps, bead-patterns might be a way to pay for my bead habit. Now it has become a side business for me. My mother-in-law, Caroline Smith, helps out quite a bit with proofreading and marketing (she wears absolutely everything I make for her), and I owe a lot of my success to her enthusiastic support. 

I still try to write and illustrate my patterns so that any beader, even one with no experience whatsoever, can create the design without much head-banging. Sometimes, though, this gets stifling because it's not easy. In bead design, as in life, sometimes there is no workable step-by-step path. You just have to go with it.
 

Below are Deb's Designs that were published in "Bead-Patterns the Magazine":
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Issue 16 Crystal Lace    Issue 16 Bead-Patterns the Magazine                      Issue 21 Beaded Earbobs    Issue 21 Bead-Patterns the Magazine   
Issue 16                                             Issue 21

Deborah Roberti
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